Mandatory International Student Check-in and Orientation Program


International Student Arrival includes 2 mandatory (required) parts:

Check-in: how we verify if you arrived and how we obtain required information to report to the US government

Orientation: a series of informational sessions and events designed to assist you with life at GSU and to help you protect your immigration status in the U.S.


NEW and TRANSFER International Students


 Summer 2015 Fall 2015 

 June 3rd, 8:30am-10:00am

248 Sparks Hall (Map Room)

Breakfast is provided.

August 17th, 9:00am – 4:00pm

(Come at any time during this period.)

245 Sparks Hall


June 3rd to 4th, 10am sharp!

245 Sparks Hall

Lunch is provided.

Full schedule >> here <<

August 18th – 20th, 8:00am sharp!

Student Center East – Ballroom

Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Full schedule >> to be announced <<


    • Bring originals:  passport, I-20, and I-94. Look up & print your I-94 >> here <<
    • Confirm your enrollment at GSU (if not already) >> here <<
    • Allow 20 minutes to arrive from parking or public transit (MARTA) to Student Center or Sparks Hall.


To provide information on the following topics:

    • federal immigration regulations, and individual responsibilities as an F or J student
    • how to navigate the campus & administration of Georgia State University
    • basic needs such as housing, transportation, food and money
    • cultural adjustment to life in the United States and in Atlanta
    • unique characteristics of the U.S. classroom

 To carry out various administrative processes for the university:

    • copy immigration documents (passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94)
    • GSTEP and other English placement testing
    • Math Placement Exam (for freshmen only)
    • academic advising
    • course registration

To create connections:

    • with other new students to form initial friendships
    • with continuing students for advice and support
    • with the students’ academic departments
    • with relevant campus services, programs and facilities

To welcome the students to Georgia State in a way that is positive, friendly and helpful.

New/Transfer Student FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

New international students can enter up to 30 days prior to the start date of their I-20.
Check-in is required. ISSS will have to terminate your status if you do not check-in.
ISSS strongly advises you to attend for your own protection and preparation.
No, that program is for US domestic students. The ISSS program is free.